News and stories about the Askew family ministry in Papua New Guinea
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Tim's Super Bowl
Thought you might be interested in where I was this weekend. My trek took me to the Uriay language group in the Sundaun Province to a small village of approx 100 about a 2-hour motor canoe (a massive 50-ft long carved out tree with a Yamaha 40hp engine) from an airstrip an hour flight interior from Wewak. I was in checking a selection of their Bible lessons and going over strategy for their teaching program that begins in May. In one of the pictures you can see Elias Struik (a Dutch colleague and close friend) reading a Bible lesson to a group of interested listeners in his office. After they listened to him teach a section (in the vernacular) I would then ask comprehension questions (using pidgin) attempting to assess how the lessons are communicating. Very exciting to not only see the main lesson themes (God's omniscience, power, goodness, love, etc...) hitting home, but also the excitement as many extra spectators sat on the office steps and crammed within earshot to hear for themselves. In a few short months, they will begin hearing those plus about 65 more lessons from creation on through Christ.
If I had to miss the Super Bowl for something, I guess this was worth it :-)
Welcome to our blog "The Nakui Jungle Beat". Just as Nakui people ring out an urgent message by rythmically hitting a hollowed out log or "Ow", we want to share an important message with you. What is our message? It is that through the grace of God, the Nakui people have found hope and meaning through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We hope this tool will allow us to pass along the story of how God's grace continues to shine in this remote corner of the PNG jungle. Thanks for visiting!
Feb 9th: Well ... another broken bone in the Askew family. It's TJ again this time. He was up picking flowers in a tree and when a branch broke and he fell on his right shoulder. Besides some bruising, his shoulder seems fine. But his collar bone didn't fare so well and is fractured. We spoke with our doctor on the phone and doesn't think there's much he can do so we've got him in a sling and on pain meds and we'll let him heal up here in Wewak. Poor TJ is in a lot of pain tonight and it'll probably be a rough night's sleep. Thanks for your prayers.
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